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Lungs and Breathing

The  Pulmonology Clinic evaluates and manages children and adolescents with the following problems:

  • Asthma management and education
  • Chronic cough
  • Nasal and sinus problems
  • Recurrent bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Exercise-induced shortness of breath
  • Cystic fibrosis

The University of Iowa Cystic Fibrosis Center is certified as a care, education and resource center by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The center provides patient care, educates physicians, and serves as a resource for furthering the knowledge of cystic fibrosis.

Our diagnostic services include:

  • Assessment of pulmonary physiology
  • Fiberoptic bronchoscopy
  • Allergy testing
  • Exercise physiology testing


Educational Resources

Patient Stories

  • Parent Blog: Holly Sitzmann

    Emmett Sitzmann, photo "It's terrifying to us because many times he does not display serious symptoms of any kind and by the time he does, it's already to the point of him needing to be taken to the emergency room or hospital for breathing support." Read more
  • Parent Blog: Angie Poulsen

    Leo Poulsen, photo "Cody Tigges, DO, was Leo's critical care physician while in the PICU. I cannot say enough great things about him and the PICU nurses, respiratory therapists, and residents." Angie Poulsen. Read more
  • Sean Peck

    Sean Peck portrait When Sean was 9 days old, his parents learned that newborn screening tests showed their baby had cystic fibrosis. Just a day later, an unrelated issue caused him to stop breathing and he was taken to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital. While there, Sean’s parents met with the cystic fibrosis care team to learn about his condition and what to expect.Read more
  • Grace Lidgett

    Grace Lidgett portrait At 14 months old, Grace was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Thanks to many pediatric specialists, she is now an eight year-old looking to fulfill her life dreams.Read more
  • Stella Turnbull

    Stella Turnbull portrait Despite being given only weeks to live, Stella was treated at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital and is now 6 years old. Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: UI Stead Family Children's Hospital public elevator, Level 2
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 1-855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
    • 1-319-356-1616 (Emergency)
  • UI Health Care—Iowa River Landing
    105 East 9th Street
    Coralville, Iowa 52241
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 1-319-467-2000
    • 1-855-467-3700

Other Team Members

Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Nurse Coordinator

  • Carrie Huberty, RN, BSN, CPN

Pulmonary Nurses

  • Rachel Fobian, RN, BSN
  • Jacquelyn Gerleman, MA